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Captivating. Intriguing. Evocative. Just a few of the words that describe the experience of listening to Justin Chart's jazz albums. Chart gracefully and without inhibition bares his soul in his music, inviting us to join him in experiencing a depth of emotions. Sometimes the journey is slow and sultry, other times it's jaunty and irrepressible. What intrigues me is that each track is 100% improvised in the moment. Improvisation is obviously at the heart of jazz, yet jazz musicians typically start with a melody which they already know.

Chart takes improv to a new level. He selects a key and a tempo. Then it's instant creation by Chart and his band. What's even more amazing is that the synergy between Chart and his band makes the transitions between soloists seamless, creating music that sounds like it was coordinated in advance. That's what so intrigues me about his music. What does it take to be able to let yourself be so in the moment that you can compose on the spot while coordinating with such ease with the other members of the band? Obviously, it's much more than technical skill - which Chart and his band all express effortlessly. Justin Chart is an artist of intense vision.

Album

Keep The Blue

Label: Universal Music Group
Released: 2022
Track listing: Woodnote; A Blast From The Fast; .A Tribes Vibe; Baritone Bravado; Blue Perspective; The 6th Just Is; Breaktime; Excursion To Then; Desiderium; Give and Remember; One Moment at A Time; 3:59 It's About To Happen.

Album

The Midnight People

Label: Universal Music Group
Released: 2022
Track listing: A Blaze Of Well Being; Welcome To The Midst; A Rose Tinted Realm; Lettin' Go; The Tale Was Told; Lickity Split; She Absorbed Him; One Pure Star; With The Bunch; The Midnight People.

Album

The Scarlet Jazz Room

Label: Universal Music Group
Released: 2022
Track listing: An Answer Of Balance; The Gallant Game; Through Reticent Windows; Knowing Pleasure Is Flowing; Eros At Eventide; Ever My Knight; With Passion And Wonder; Shape Of My Shade; A Jazz Life.

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Article: Album Review

Justin Chart: The Midnight People

Read "The Midnight People" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Justin Chart is an inventive and versatile musician who spontaneously creates mellifluous and enthralling soundscapes. Leading a synergistic band of like-minded sidemen. Chart excels in live improvisations that are simultaneously free as well as charmingly accessible. His output in the third decade of the century has been prolific without sacrificing artistic vision. The Midnight People ...

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Justin Chart: The Scarlet Jazz Room

Read "The Scarlet Jazz Room" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Improvisation is one of the key elements of jazz, and it isomething listeners expect to hear in most performances. However, it is often a part of the overall composition, which is based around a central melody. But saxophonist Justin Chart takes improvisation a step further with The Scarlet Jazz Room. This album relies almost entirely on ...

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Justin Chart: The Scarlet Jazz Room

Read "The Scarlet Jazz Room" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Justin Chart is an award winning singer-songwriter and an accomplished jazz saxophonist. On his spontaneously created pieces Chart often collaborates with a rotating cast of like-minded sidemen. The resulting music is as sophisticated and intricately structured as carefully notated compositions. Chart, once again, showcases his unique artistic approach with the cinematic and enchanting The Scarlet Jazz ...

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Justin Chart: Live In Los Angeles

Read "Live In Los Angeles" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Los Angeles-based, award-winning, musician Justin Chart is both an accomplished singer-songwriter and a superlative saxophonist. Chart infuses his jazz work with a distinct melodicism and his pop songs with a crackling spontaneity. A number of his releases are recorded in one take and are mostly improvised while eschewing dissonance and embracing lyricism. His tenth, Live in ...

Album

COLORSTORM VI

Label: Iron Mountain Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. The Wanderlust Whirlwind 08:47 2. Can't Fly so I Play 09:10 3.Facin' Thunder 06:29 4.Overtones over You 07:12 5.Here Is for You 07:38 6 .In Between the Jazz 04:26 7. Golden Life 06:07 8. This Hit's Me Right Where I Live 06:21 9. Write On 08:30 10. Yeah Man, I'm Diggin' That 06:04 11.A Trick of Light 07:14

Album

Intuition

Label: Universal Music Group
Released: 2021
Track listing: At 3 a.m; The Sideral Sound; I Didn't Then I Did; Just Like That ; Our Hands; Always In All Ways; Somethin' To Say; Diamond Of The Night; These Changes Divine; Cherry Tonalin; Blue Will Get You; Pleased After A Day's Work.


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